First Coffee for November 29, 2005

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First Coffee for November 29, 2005

By David Sims

The news as of the first coffee this morning, and the music “Castanets” by Alejandro Escovido – “She plays castanets/ She works without a net… She turns me on like a pickup truck:”

Motorola, Inc. is claiming the launch of the “first-ever personal digital assistant to operate on Terrestrial Trunked Radio networks.”

The new PDA delivers public safety users pocket-sized access to essential two-way data applications while on the move, Motorola officials say. It’s been “developed to meet the requirements of public safety organizations,” letting users access person and vehicle records, report crimes and accidents, and issue penalty tickets via the PDA’s application suite.

No, sorry, you can’t buy a PDA that writes tickets.

Options available include Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS and camera, allowing pictures to be circulated quickly from the PDA. The pocket-sized device measures 145mm x 83mm x 35-50mm and weighs less than 500 grams. With its “large” 3.5” TFT screen, it provides the ideal form factor for users to work with the information.

Using the TETRA network to deliver data to the PDA gives emergency services access to a controllable data pipeline that remains continuously available, even during a major incident.

Happy birthday, C.S. Lewis. You’re about to be snowed under a blizzard of publicity for movies made from his Narnia children’s books, but by far his most important works are Christian apologetics and studies, including the highly readable and entertaining The Screwtape Letters, consistently cited by non-Christians as one of their favorite books. It has the classic insight “The safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”

Nokia has added an offering to its high-end smartphone range, the Nokia 9300i, which incorporates WLAN connectivity with a full keyboard, 65,536-color screen, support for a broad range of enterprise e-mail tools and an attachment viewer. It should be available early next year.

With the addition of WLAN connectivity, the Nokia 9300i is improving its data connection for downloading large files or e-mail with attachments. It has 80 MB of memory capacity, expandable up to 2GB with an optional MMC card.

But it doesn’t write tickets.

The Nokia 9300i smartphone supports E-GPRS and WLAN 802.11g, five party conference calling via an integrated speakerphone and multiple e-mail clients (with attachments), including BlackBerry Connect, IBM WebSphere, Oracle Collaboration Suite, Seven Always-On Mail and Visto Mobile. It integrates infrared and Bluetooth capabilities.

There’s also a triband version for mobile networks in Europe and Asia (900/1800/1900 MHz) and capable of operating in compatible GSM networks in the Americas.

First CoffeeSM’s wife’s husband screwed up yesterday and failed to wish William Blake happy birthday. The author of such works as Songs of Innocence and Experience (1794) and The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790) was obscure during his life after showing early promise as an artist, but is today critically regarded as one of the most original poets in English and one of the greatest in the history of the language.

The wonderfully-named Trolltech has announced the release of Qtopia Phone Edition 2.2, what the Palo Alto (now there’s an unusual place for a high-tech firm) company is billing as “the first Linux-based Voice over IP software solution for mobile and wireless phones and converged media devices.”

Qtopia Phone 2.2, the latest version of Trolltech’s application platform for Linux devices, also features what the company claims are “performance improvements and enhanced user interface, multimedia and internationalization functionality.”

First CoffeeSM’s wondered where all the good internationalization functionalities are.

Qtopia Phone is an independent, open software solution for Linux-based devices. It allows designers and manufacturers to develop feature-rich phones and other mobile and wireless devices, while “maintaining complete control of branding and the user experience,” at the Trolls explain. Vendors designing, building or shipping mobile phones built with Qtopia and related Trolltech software for embedded Linux, include the likes of Motorola, Cellon, and ZTE.

“Mobile IP telephony opens a new world of services that combine voice and data, and with Qtopia Phone, vendors can now easily build VoIP functionality into Linux-based devices,” said Haavard Nord (yes, that is his first name, as if the birth certificate person at the hospital transliterated the Boston Brahmin doctor’s pronunciation of it), Trolltech CEO.

The Trolls are also co-hosting of the “Chinese Mobile Phone Leadership – Leveraging Linux” conference in Beijing. Organized by the China Academy of Telecommunications Research and the Ministry of Information Industry, the conference opens today. First CoffeeSM’s travel voucher to attend seems to be lost in the mail.

LogicaCMG has announced an alliance with the PowerID Division of Power Paper Ltd., a provider of printable microelectronic devices and thin and flexible batteries.

The companies will initially focus on the aerospace, automotive and logistics markets to deliver RFID products. They’ve worked on integrating PowerID hardware into LogicaCMG’s back-end software.

PowerID battery-assisted labels are supposed to provide high reliability reading even in the presence of metal, liquids, foils and in environments that render passive label solutions much less reliable.

InfoVista, a performance management software company, has announced that a top-five banking institution in the U.S. has selected InfoVista to provide the performance management backbone for its enterprise-wide VoIP rollout.

The IP telephony deployment is considered (at least by InfoVista officials) to be one of the world’s largest to date.

InfoVista will deploy its IP telephony product, VistaInsight for IP Telephony, beginning immediately at four pilot sites dispersed across the U.S. At the end of a three-year phased deployment every employee in the organization will use VoIP as their primary voice communication system.

The deployment will encompass 177 Cisco CallManagers and 100,000 individual phones.

InfoVista plans to demonstrate VistaInsight for IP Telephony at Cisco Systems’ Networkers 2005 EMEA conference, Dec. 12-15, 2005, in Cannes, France. First CoffeeSM hopes to attend. First CoffeeSM also hopes to win Powerball.

InfoVista currently claims “80 percent of the world’s largest service providers” as customers.

Business Objects and Red Hat have announced the signing of a new global alliance agreement, part of which has each company joining the other’s technology partner program and working on several co-marketing and co-selling programs concerning business intelligence on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform.

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